Pintxo Tasting Tour : Off The Beaten Track (Lunch)
** One of our most popular experiences, ranked in the Top 10 Food Tours in the world by Trip Advisor **
Pintxos in San Sebastián go beyond the bars of the famous Old Town. If you enjoyed our original Pintxo Tasting Tour and are hungry for more, or if you are simply curious to know what lies beyond the borders of La Parte Vieja, our new Off the Beaten Track tour promises an amazing evening. Let our local expert guides take you to their favorite, lesser-known bar counters lined with both classic and avant-garde pintxos.
Our Off the Beaten Track Pintxo Tasting Tour winds its way through the more local neighborhoods of San Sebastián, for a day of eating and drinking unlike any you’ve ever experienced. You will try a variety of pintxos, crafted at the hands of chefs who are rising stars, from a few of the classics to dishes designed to showcase the best of the season. Come thirsty, too, as we’ll be pairing each pintxo with red wines, white wines, and Basque cider.
Our pintxo tasting tour comes highly recommended by the world’s authorities on travel: Conde Nast Traveller, Easy Jet, Vogue, Financial Times and many others. Stylist Magazine says "There’s no better overview of the city’s food scene".
“To know Lourdes is to love Lourdes,” said one of guests some years ago AND IT IS TRUE! Lourdes is vivacious with a passion for all things food, wine and San Sebastian—her native home. Lourdes Erquicia was born in the Old Town, and grew up there surrounded by a culinary atmosphere. Her mother a was private chef for a wealthy local family, while her grandmother worked in the harbor and her grandfather at the local market in a fruit and vegetables stall.When she was 17 years old, her family opened a bar in the center of town, where she worked until the age of 21, when she decided to move to London for an adventure. Soon she was contracted to manage a small seafood restaurant in Kent, where she worked for over 10 years.She married a Brit and had two children, but ultimately decided to come back to San Sebastián so her new family could enjoy the free and secure upbringing she had. In 2006 she worked at the María Cristina Hotel and two years later she took the position as Head of Food and Beverages at the Astoria7.
But, as Lourdes says, she needed a closer relation with her clients, and went back to manage another restaurant until 2012, when Jon Warren gave her the opportunity to try a new approach to hospitality and contracted her as a culinary guide. She quickly became one of our most popular guides and now leads our tours department. Lourdes’ larger than life personality and never-ending anecdotes about San Sebastian, her grandmother and the history of the Basque Country never cease to amaze and delight. Always ready for a glass of wine, a pintxo and a laugh, you cannot help but catch her special enthusiasm.
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